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color cover 1874

monochrome cover 1879



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History

This Parisian music publishing company originated in 1846 as Brandus & Cie. when Louis Brandus purchased the publisher Maurice Schlesinger. In October 1850 Louis’s younger brother, Gemmy, became a partner, and the firm of Troupenas was acquired. In 1854 Sélim-François Dufour became a partner and the firm was known as G. Brandus, Dufour & Cie. and, since 1858, as G. Brandus & S. Dufour.

When Dufour died in July 1872 the firm reverted to the name Brandus & Cie. When Louis Brandus died in 1887, Philippe Maquet acquired the firm, giving it his own name; in 1899 Maquet’s business was taken over by C. Joubert & Cie., which remained in existence until 1971.

Brandus covered the whole range of French 19th c music: dance music and songs, opera-Halevy, Adam, Labarre, Lecoq, Pfeiffer, "serious" composers: Berlioz, Franck, piano music: Vilbac, Rummel, violin music: Adolphe Herman, Dancla, Vieuxtemps, Hubay, Alard, band music (fanfare)and also published a magazine Revue et Gazette musicale de Paris (1833-74).

Imprints, Agencies, Addresses

Imprints

  • Brandus & Cie. (1846–1854)
  • G. Brandus, Dufour & Cie. (1854–1858)
  • G. Brandus & S. Dufour or Brandus & Dufour (1858–1872)
  • Brandus & Cie. (1872–1887)
  • Philippe Maquet (1887–1899)
  • C. Joubert & Cie. (1899–1971)

Addresses

Paris

  • 97, rue Richelieu (1846-1848)
  • 87, rue Richelieu (1849-1851)
  • 103, rue Richelieu (1851-1887)

Plate Numbers

Brandus continued Schlesinger’s chronological series of plate numbers, starting at 4293 in 1846 and continuing to 13,167 in 1887. A gap of about 3400 numbers may be explained partly by the acquisition of Troupenas’ catalogue in late 1850. The prefixes employed were B. et Cie., B. D. & Cie., B. et D., depending upon the company imprint.

Plate Composer Work Year
00818 Berlioz Roméo et Juliette, H 79 1847
04946 Blumenthal Les Oiseaux, caprice, Op.11 1849
04981 Heller Aux mânes de Frédéric Chopin, élégie et marche funèbre pour piano. Op. 71 1850
04984-93 Viardot 10 Mélodies (1850)
05103-04 Meyerbeer Le prophète (v.s.) (1849)
08992 Bériot Étude-caprice, Op.1 1853
09151 Méreaux Ballade, Op.60 1853
09204 Mulder 2 Pastorales pour le piano, Op.39 1853
09263 Massart, A. & L. Souvenirs du comte Ory de Rossini 1853
09581 Offenbach Les deux aveugles (1855)
09681 Adam Les pantins de Violette (vocal score) 1856
10479 Pfeiffer Piano Trio No.1, Op.14 1862
10758 Rummel Souvenir de l'opéra 'Le prophète' 1866
10805 Alard Grande fantaisie de concert sur 'Robert le diable', Op.44 (score&part) 1866
10938 Jaëll Romance d'Inès from Meyerbeer's 'L'Africaine', Op.126 1865
10940 Jaëll Air de Nelusko from Meyerbeer's 'L'Africaine', Op.128 1865
10941 Vincent Fantaisie transcription sur 'L'Africaine', Op.18 1865
10996 Rummel Souvenir de 'L'Africaine' 1866
11083 Arban Fantaisie sur 'La muette de Portici' (sc&pt) 1866
11190 Bernard Grande valse de salon, Op.86 1867
11213 Offenbach La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein (piano solo) 1867
11507 Ketterer Prophète fantaisie, Op.261 1869
11534 Rossini Petite messe solennelle (orchestral version, parts) 1869
11567 Sivori Duo sur le 'Choeur des sirènes' de l'opéra 'Oberon', Op.28 1870
11600 Offenbach La princesse de Trébizonde (vocal sc.) (1869)
11725 Saint-Saëns Romance sans paroles (1872)
11950 / 52 Lecocq Giroflé-Girofla (vocal sc.) 1874
12050 & 12,068 Lecocq Le pompon (vocal sc.) (1875)
12089 Rummel Bouquet de mélodies sur des motifs de 'La petite mariée' 1876
12161 Vieuxtemps Voix intimes, Op.45 (1876)
12267 Rummel Bouquet de mélodies sur des motifs de 'Kosiki' 1877
12270 Vieuxtemps Cello Concerto No.1, Op.46 (cello, pf arr.) (1877)
12274 Rummel Duo sur des motifs de 'Kosiki' 1877
12311 Berlioz Harold en Italie, H 68 (Balakirev pf 4h arrangement) (1878)
12400 Pfeiffer Violin Sonata, Op.66 (score&part) 1879
12421 Lecocq La Camargo (vocal sc.) (1879)
12442 Rummel Bouquet de mélodies sur des motifs de 'La Camargo' 1879
12447 Rummel Pot-pourri sur des motifs de 'La Camargo' 1879
12456 Rummel Fantaisie sur des motifs 'La Camargo' 1879
12533 Berlioz Harold en Italie, H 68 (S.472 piano arr. by Liszt) 1881
12554 Franck Les Béatitudes (1880)
12583 Rummel Bouquet de mélodies sur des motifs de 'La jolie Persane' 1880
12756 Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No.6, Op.47 (arr. vn & pf) 1881
12823 Lecocq Le coeur et la main (Vocal score) 1882
12882 Vieuxtemps Cello Concerto No.2, Op.50 (Arr. cello & piano) 1884
12892 Vieuxtemps String Quartet No.3, Op.52 (pts) 1884
12898 Vieuxtemps Violin Concerto No.8, Op.59 (vn/pf red.) 1883 or 84
12977 Pfeiffer L'enclume, Op.101 (vocal score, French) 1884
13026 Pfeiffer Piano Trio No.2, Op.103 1885
13070 & 13071 Chován Danses hongroises, Op.4 (1885)
13096 Arban Plutus-polka 1886
13158 Baille Berceuse, Op.75 1887

Sources Consulted

  • 1. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, edited by Stanley Sadie.
New York and London: Macmillan Publications, 1980.
  • 2. HMB

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